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Published on Dec 28, 2014
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Is Assisted Living the Best Option for Seniors?
When seniors get to that stage of life where they need assistance with various aspects of daily living, they have several options. What they choose - or is chosen for them - will depend on their level of independence, or the amount of assistance they require. In some cases, they only require this assistance for a few months until they regain strength after some debilitating illness.
In most cases, the senior goes to live with the family of one of their children. While this can be successful, it does place a burden on the caregiver that can increase over time to an impossible level. An assisted living facility does have some advantages for seniors over living with other family members.
One of the best advantages is the socialization available at an assisted living facility. Because there are many others in the same place, there are plenty of chances to meet and mix with other residents. Meals are served in a common dining room, so residents can mix and socialize at these times without having to depend on outings to meet others. Trips for entertainment or shopping are arranged and transportation is provided.
Assistance is given where necessary, in those daily tasks such as showering and dressing. Medical staff is on hand to take care of a large range of medical conditions. Many facilities have devices that residents wear, such as a locket or pull cord of some kind. These are used to summon help in the event of a fall or other medical emergency.
Many assisted living facilities have rehab programs that residents can attend to increase or maintain their physical and mental abilities. This is important because for many residents the goal is to increase their independence as much as possible.
There are about 40,000 assisted living facilities across the US. If you are considering assisted living for your senior loved one, carefully research those that are available. Some cost a great deal and do not deliver on what they promise.
Another point to consider is whether your senior loved one can get used to communal living. While bedrooms are private, living and dining rooms are mostly communal. For some people who have never been used to living in this manner it can be confusing at first , while others adapt quite well and enjoy it.
It is a good idea for seniors to slowly adjust to a assisted living facility with the help of their families. Then they will be more comfortable with the decision, and so will you.